Our Commitment to the Commission
As a Christian church, our activity is centered around the worship of God and service in His name. Our commission from our Lord Jesus Christ is:
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I will be with you always, to the very end of the age.
The General Synod of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church has established a number of agencies "to enable it to carry on the mission of God in Christ's Church by word and deed in the General Synod, the congregation, the presbytery, and the whole world." [Manual of Authorities and Duties, p. 1]
The Executive Board of the General Synod is the agency empowered to carry out the work of the General Synod in the interim period between meetings of Synod, and is the agency responsible for presenting to the General Synod organizational and administration changes to enhance the capability of the General Synod to fulfill its primary responsibility (Form of Government, Chapter XIII.B.1.). Further, it is responsible for the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Center, the Office of Central Services, and the promotional work of the General Synod.
The Board of Benefits is the agency charged with responsibility of providing opportunities for security to the individuals and families it serves in areas such as insurance, retirement, and benevolence and of providing assistance to ministers and churches in the areas of compensation planning and tax reporting (Minutes of Synod, 1995).
The Associate Reformed Presbyterian Foundation, Inc., is the agency of the General Synod empowered to receive, maintain, and administer funds given to the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Foundation, Inc., and to expend income for the furtherance of the work of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church. The Foundation is the agency entrusted with the investment of endowment-type funds and other long term investments of the General Synod and of those agencies whose funds are administered by Synod's Treasurer. The members of the Board of Stewardship serve as the directors of the Foundation.
The Board of Bonclarken Conference Center manages that facility, located in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Flat Rock, NC, providing for the denomination opportunities for Christian worship, education, recreation, and fellowship.
The Board of William H. Dunlap Orphanage sponsors programs which provide comprehensive care for orphaned, fatherless, helpless, or needy children in a Christian environment.
The Board of Outreach North America is the agency of Synod charged with the responsibility for denominational strategies for evangelism, multi-cultural ministries, church vitality, new church development, and ARP expansion in the US and Canada.
The Board of Stewardship of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church has responsibility for working cooperatively with the congregations and agencies of the General Synod to develop and administer programs and ministries to secure financial resources to meet the operating needs of the General Synod; to present to the General Synod a recommended allocation of those resources; and to receive, maintain and administer funds given to the General Synod and/or the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Foundation, Inc. and to expend income for the furtherance of the work of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church.
World Witness, the Board of Foreign Missions, serves as a resource for local churches and coordinates the mission programs of the General Synod outside the U.S. and Canada.
ARP Women's Ministries is an organization which encourages and equips the community of ARP women to minister together for God's glory and purpose.
The areas of responsibility for these and other boards and committees of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church are defined in the Manual of Authorities and Duties.